Check out the “poison papers” website that has collected thousands of documents on U.S. government collusion with the toxic chemical industry

Friday, October 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Isabelle Z.
Friday, October 27, 2017

A treasure trove of documents exposing the dirty deeds of the chemical industry has now been posted online thanks to the efforts of the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project. The documents, which date back to the 1920s, illustrate the lengths to which the chemical industry has gone to cover up its misdeeds, and they also provide evidence of governmental collusion.

The papers can be found on the website.

This resource consists of more than 20,000 pieces of regulatory agency correspondence and documents over nearly a century, and they show that regulators and the industry not only knew how toxic their products were but also worked together to keep the public from finding out about it.

Many of the documents were obtained throughout the years by activist and author Carol Van Strum. They include internal memos, strategic discussions, internal scientific studies, sworn testimonies and meeting minutes.

Van Strum first started investigating the industry as part of a court case after the Forest Service sprayed her children with the herbicide known as 2,4,5-T outside their rural Oregon home as they fished in a river. She assisted her lawyer with research in exchange for a reduced fee and discovered that she enjoyed organizing and studying these documents.

Over the years, she has helped others working on similar suits and has collected a barn full of documents. You can read more about her incredible story – which includes the suspected arson of her home that killed her four children, an incident she believes was likely related to her activism – on The Intercept.

Anyone can search these documents

Now, these documents have been scanned and digitized and placed online in a searchable format where everyone can see the wrongdoings of firms like Monsanto, Dow, Union Carbide and the manufacturers and commercial testing companies they worked with. Some of the regulatory agencies the documents were sourced from include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Some of the toxic chemicals discussed in these papers include herbicides and pesticides, Agent Orange, PCBs and dioxins. While some of these documents have already surfaced throughout the years, many of them have never been posted publicly.

The papers were uploaded to DocumentCloud in PDF format and can be searched using keywords like the name of the chemical or company being researched.

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